For most of my life I've experienced situational depressions, deep emotional holes of despair, which occurred when life presented me with something I didn't understand and couldn't control, no matter how hard I tried. After years of falling into holes and slowly crawling out, I could see the pattern. I just didn't know how to change it. Then, at the bottom of a particularly deep hole, a dear friend sent me a book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Slowly, through his words, I began to see why I fell into these holes, and I experienced a greater sense of peace and emotional stability than ever before, yet the holes still appeared. It wasn't until I heard Byron Katie speak about The Work with Oprah Winfrey on XM Radio that I suspected there might be a way to climb out of despair, simply by questioning my beliefs. It was as if a lifeline had been tossed down to me. I read Loving What Is, did The Work on my own, and three months later, in October of 2008, I attended the School for The Work in Los Angeles. Since that time, The Work has become a part of my daily life. I now accept what life presents to me more easily, even those things I used to think I did not want and could not accept. When I do resist life and drop once more into a hole, I know the four questions and the turnarounds are waiting for me until I choose to ask them. Knowing a lifeline is there, available to me anywhere, anytime, has had a profound effect on my life. I no longer live in a chronic state of anxiety, wondering when that next hole will appear and trying to figure out how to avoid it. This has left so much more room for joy to enter my life. Byron Katie has pointed me toward a kinder way to live.
I work from home as a writer, do-it-yourself house renovator, and facilitator of The Work. Professionally, as a school psychologist in public schools, I have experience working with parents and children. Personally, I have experience doing The Work on parenting issues, career burnout, financial fears, mid-life woes, pain management, and facing an empty nest. My journey continues on a daily basis. If you would like to combine our experience and continue the journey together to investigate unquestioned thoughts, I'm available to facilitate The Work by phone, Skype, or in person.